OK, with that out of the way, things were starting to get pretty nasty in the third period. Brooks Orpik’s huge hit on Dan Boyle had a lot to do with it. These are hockey players, though, so they’re more accustomed to pulling out their own teeth than they likely are with Game 7 pressure.
Kevin Hayes has had quite a game, scoring the 1-1 goal and practicing some self dentistry:
The Washington Capitals kept taking penalties until the New York Rangers finally burned them for their mistakes in the second period of Game 7.
Washington took three straight penalties, including two back-to-back infractions by Mike Green, but Braden Holtby kept them in it despite some strong Rangers chances. Finally, J.T. Miller’s beautiful setup opened the door for arguably the biggest goal of big forward Kevin Hayes’ career:
With that, the score is 1-1 and the plot thickens.
Those who like to beat up on perceived “chokers” probably felt really sad to see perennial punching bag Alex Ovechkin score a big Game 7 goal. They probably received some relief later on in the period, though.
Rick Nash is no stranger to being a scapegoat, and his critics won’t be silenced after he failed to beat Braden Holtby with this backhand move on a shorthanded breakaway:
To some, this save was reminiscent of Marc-Andre Fleury stopping Ovechkin in Game 7 of that memorable Pittsburgh Penguins – Capitals series in 2009:
Restricted free agent or not, Holtby could make himself a lot of money in the playoffs.
All eyes are on Alex Ovechkin in Game 7 … yet even someone under such surveillance can occasionally break free.
Ovechkin sprang free to some open space in a small window of time, receiving a pretty pass from Marcus Johansson and beating Henrik Lundqvist up high to give the Washington Capitals a 1-0 lead against the New York Rangers:
There’s plenty of time for Ovechkin’s bold words to bite him back, but so far, he’s delivering.